Researchers are finding that sodium which is commonly digested through salt or sodium chloride may be placing people at a higher risk for type 2 diabetes. Diabetes affects over 29 million people and type 2 diabetes is the most common usually affecting middle aged and older adults. The research has shown that for each added gram of salt the percentage of the possibility for diabetes increases as well. The research showed that for each gram of sodium that the risk for diabetes increased by 43 percent. The outcomes of this research is ongoing but the correlation between the increase in the chance of getting diabetes and increased sodium intake can be seen with this research.
- Type 2 Diabetes is the most prevalent form of Diabetes in the United States and it most commonly affects people who are middle-aged or older
- Sodium levels not only interact with insulin in the body but can also cause high blood pressure and excessive weight gain, which increase risk factors for diabetes
- Although researchers acknowledge the possibility of recall bias impacting their work, they are still confident in the overall findings
“Researchers suggest that sodium – which we commonly ingest through salt, or sodium chloride – could increase the risk of type 2 diabetes and latent autoimmune diabetes in adults.”